A retired German man has been convicted of possessing an illegal weapon. A large cache of weapons, including a tank, was found in his possession.
The 84-year-old was sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined 2.5 million euros, or about 35.3 million rupees. But he does not have to go to jail immediately.
According to German privacy law, his name cannot be made public. The tank and other World War II-era military equipment were recovered in 2015 in the northern city of Hikendorf.
The army was called in to help. On Monday, a German court ordered the man to sell the tank and an anti-aircraft gun within two years or hand it over to a museum or collector.
According to the man's lawyer, an American museum has shown interest in buying the "panther tank". Many American historians consider the tank to be the most effective of the instruments Germany used in World War II. According to local media, quoting the lawyer, some German collectors have also approached to get other items like rifles and pistols.
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Local authorities raided the elderly man's home in 2015, based on information from a colleague in Berlin.
His home had previously been searched for stolen Nazi artifacts. It took about 20 hours for 20 soldiers to remove the unmanned panther tank. According to local media, the man was seen using the tank to remove snow once.